Urgent Notice about DSD school (March 14, 2023)

Delaware School for the Deaf Logo  Christina School District logo
Edited – An earlier announcement about tonight’s meeting had to be edited for brevity. 
Christiana School District (CSD) will have their regular meeting tonight.  DSD (Delaware School for the Deaf) is governed by the CSD district.  ASL interpreters will be present.  It will be live streamed and public comments are allowed online up to 6pm tonight or show up at the meeting to do so.  See https://www.christinak12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=258&DomainID=139#calendar497/20230314/event/2959.  Now is the time to speak up about DSD’s needs.



Communication Card Video Release – Press Event

Library metal signage in front of the new Appoquinimink Library in Middletown, DE

In September 2022, the revised Visor and Wallet Communication Cards for interactions between members of Law enforcement and Delaware residents who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing were released to the public and Police Officers throughout the state. 
At that time, a training video was under production with students at the Delaware School for the Deaf. We are now ready to release that video to the public and to Law Enforcement. 
This event will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 1:00 pm at the Appoquinimink Library in Middletown, DE.  
We are looking for help in spreading the news about the event, as well as contacting potential dignitaries to speak at the event.
DAD Note: Appoquinimink (aka: Appo) recently moved to a brand new location on East Main Street and is no longer at the old location  on North Broad Street (Rt. 71).
– Thanks to Deaf Outreach for sharing the announcement.

Parents of deaf child win human rights case against N.L. school district (Canada)

Kimberly and Todd Churchill have won a human rights case against the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. They filed a human rights complaint against the district after learning their son, Carter, wasn't learning American Sign Language in his school. (Gary Locke/CBC)

Parents fighting for the education of their deaf son have won a human rights case against the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

The commission ruled that the district failed to provide reasonable accommodation for Carter Churchill and discriminated against him during the 2016 to 2020 school years, from kindergarten to Grade 3.

It has ordered the board to support Carter with education in American Sign Language and evaluate him in that language. The district will also have to pay Todd and Kimberly Churchill close to $150,000, according to the human rights commission’s decision, released Wednesday.

“It’s not shock, but it’s just this disbelief [that] finally, this is finally over,” said Kimberly Churchill. “There was so much evidence there to show that there was discrimination.”

Read on at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nlesd-parents-deaf-child-win-human-rights-case-1.6766067.

DAD Note: Similar cases like this has happened in the United States and are not always publicly released/announced. 


Summer Camps 2023

You might be thinking it’s too early to talk about summer camps, but enrollment is happening now! Summer camps for deaf youth are often hard to find or have limited capacity, but the impact of these programs on their development is astronomical. Whether you are a parent, guardian, or educator seeking programs for your youth or are a program developer, NDC (National Deaf Center) has some amazing resources for you!

Feel free to add or look at the current listing – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/179g99FqaPHUStoAZCQOhSvBzkhjUEZIWD9p6ZhbqkRA/edit#gid=1602613237.

NDC News Sitehttps://nationaldeafcenter.org/news.

DAD Note: There are other camps not listed yet.  Last year, Mary Hicks, DSD, shared a list of camps as well which can be found at https://www.delawaredeaf.org/2022/03/14/deaf-hard-of-hearing-summer-camps.

Company fired deaf employee after she requested an interpreter for meetings, feds say

Gravel in front of a justice statue by a blurry brown chair.

A Colorado company discriminated against a deaf employee when it fired her after she requested an American Sign Language interpreter for meetings, according to federal officials.

The employee sued the company, Pneuline Supply, a parts manufacturer based in Greeley — about 55 miles north of Denver — after it fired her in May 2018, according to court documents.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Nov. 10 that Pneuline Supply would be required to pay the woman $44,250 and “provide other relief” to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a news release from the agency.

Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article268629592.html#storylink=cpy